Summary: government resource efficiency reporting

In 2018–19, 100% of NSW Government agencies that had to report did so, and indications are that government agencies are increasingly showing leadership in sustainability and embracing resource efficiency in their programs and operations.

The Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) is a long-term and evolving policy to bring positive change to NSW Government operations and delivery of frontline services. Resources such as water, electricity and natural gas are being conserved, costs are being reduced, and average efficiency standards are continually being driven higher.

Two men among two rows of solar panelsFrom 2012 to 2019, the cumulative savings from efficiency projects is estimated at $68 million and 357 million kWh.

Feedback on future projects has indicated that agencies plan to implement an additional 93 projects (in the future), generating $4 million per year savings and 23 million kWh.

The NSW Government will continue to balance environmental gains against economic challenges and community impacts.

We are facing steady increases in the price of energy, which provides challenges to NSW Government efforts to reduce costs by lowering demand.

Waste management continues to be a challenging area for government agencies, requiring an increasing use of limited financial resources. The NSW Government needs to move towards greater efficiency in the disposal and recycling of waste. 

The future will see the NSW Government setting agency goals that continue to benefit the environment, economy and broader community.

We have completed a review of GREP to help address challenges identified through the last three years of reporting by government agencies. An updated version of the policy has been approved and the new changes have been in effect since the 2018–19 financial year.

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